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Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility for Somali Plane Bomb

The Daallo Airlines Flight 159 aircraft in the livery of one of its previous airlines, Air Méditerranée, 2013. (Picture take at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (LFBO) in France. (By Laurent ERRERA from L'Union, France - Airbus A321-100 Hermes Airlines (HRM) "Air Méditerranée" SX-BHS - MSN 642, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29838219)

Somali militant group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the bomb blast aimed at bringing down a Somali airliner earlier this month.

The group said in a statement Saturday that it carried out the attack as “retribution for the crimes committed by the coalition of Western crusaders and their intelligence agencies against Muslims of Somalia.”

Al-Shabab said the explosion targeted Western and Turkish intelligence officials aboard Daallo Airlines Flight A321 to Djibouti on February 2.

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